Obama to Seek 30 Percent Cut in Power Plant Emissions, Reports Say
Proposed rule due Monday is most drastic U.S. action yet against climate change.
If successful, the proposal would lead to the first-ever rules aimed at carbon emissions from existing power plants.
States would have broad latitude in terms of how to meet a carbon standard, according to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the preview of the rule on Sunday.
Options could include joining or starting a cap and trade program, which sets limits on emissions and then allows for the purchase and sale of pollution permits; boosting the share of renewable energy in electricity generation; and tightening efficiency standards.
The proposed rules come nearly a month after a sweeping national climate assessment that catalogued a range of impacts already occurring as a result of climate change.